Imerovigli is a stunning village located in Santorini, Greece, known for its breathtaking views, luxurious accommodations, and charming restaurants. With its picturesque streets, whitewashed buildings, and striking cliffside location, Imerovigli is a favorite destination for travelers seeking tranquility and beauty.
Visitors to Imerovigli can experience the ultimate in relaxation and pampering at the village’s numerous spa and wellness centers. And for those looking for adventure, there are plenty of opportunities for hiking, diving, and exploring the nearby volcanic islands.
As one of the quieter villages on Santorini, Imerovigli offers a peaceful and serene escape from the crowds of nearby Oia and Fira. From the famous Skaros Rock to the stunning sunsets over the Aegean Sea, there’s something for everyone in Imerovigli.
Discover all this charming village has to offer in this comprehensive guide to Imerovigli. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway or a family vacation, this guide will provide you with everything you need to know to make the most of your time in this magical location.
Imerovigli is located 2.5 Km north of the island’s capital city, Fira (see the exact location here)
How to get to Imerovigli?
There are two ways to get to Imerovigli from anywhere in Greece:
1. By boat
Ferries are the most common way to get to and from Greek islands such as Athens, Crete, Mykonos, and others. While the traditional ferry trip takes anywhere between 6-8 hours, you can shave off some time if you invest in high-speed ferries, which complete the journey in 4-5 hours. Bear in mind, though, that high-speed ferries charge an arm and a leg in ticket prices.
2. By air
Year-round, international flights from Athens can be found at the Santorini Airport. During peak season, Aegean Air and Ryan Air offer regular routes to this destination, with Volotea joining them for extra convenience.
Best Things to Do in Imerovigli
1. Capture photos against stunning backdrops
Exploring the meandering pathways and narrow brick-paved lanes of Imerovigli will leave you speechless in admiration. You won’t be able to resist taking plenty of photos. Everywhere you turn, there will be a perfect picture opportunity waiting for you.
To capture that Insta-worthy shot, here are some iconic places to visit while in Imerovigli:
The stairway at Chromata Hotel
Anastasis Church, with its impressive dome, bell tower entrance, and scenic surroundings
Alexander Suites, directly after Anastasi Church, as you walk from Imerovigli to Fira for a stunning roof shot
Grace Hotel and Skaros Rock, which offer stunning views of the entire village
Nefelis Homes’ stairway makes for amazing photos with white homes visible in the background.
2. Admire the breathtaking vistas
Perched atop the island’s highest peak, Imerovigli offers stunning views of Santorini’s iconic volcano, crystal-clear Aegean waters, and neighboring villages.
You’ll also get a sweeping 360-degree panoramic view of the dramatic Santorini landscape, encompassing both Thira and Skaros Rock.
3. Walk the path from Fira to Imerovigli
It’s incredibly picturesque, with plenty of photo opportunities along the way. The entire journey takes 35 minutes if you’re in a hurry, but you may find yourself taking more time depending on how many stops are made.
Meander through Firostefani and Fira for an unforgettable experience of charming establishments, such as hotels, restaurants, picturesque homes, and churches. Then take the path that allows you to marvel at magnificent caldera vistas – in particular, from Firostefani to Fira, where one can relish majestic views of the Caldera throughout their journey!
4. Hike Skaros Rock
If you’re looking for a genuinely daring experience while in Imerovigli, then climbing Skaros Rock should be at top of your priorities. This massive precipice sits at the seaside of the village, where it was forged by volcanic eruptions and years of erosion.
Although numerous eruptions and severe earthquakes have weakened the historical Venetian fortress to only a few ruins, you can still hike up Skaros Rock for stunning views. The simple adventure takes just 20-30 minutes (each way) and is suitable for all ages.
Pro Tip: Make sure to bring your hat, shades, water bottle, sunblock, and hiking shoes when scaling Skaros Rock.
5. Enjoy infinity pools
Infinity pools in Santorini are swimming pools that are designed in a way that makes them appear as if they merge seamlessly with the surrounding sea or sky. They are typically built on the edge of a cliff, giving visitors a stunning view of the Aegean Sea and the unique Santorini sunset.
The illusion of an infinity pool is created by designing the pool with a raised edge that overflows with water, making it seem as though the pool has no boundary. The result is a breathtaking view that can be enjoyed while swimming, lounging, or sipping a drink at the poolside.
6. Dine at La Maison
When visiting Imerovigli last summer, I had the opportunity to experience the beauty of La Maison’s drinks at sunset and the dinner menu. The cherry on top was the backdrop of the mesmerizing Aegean Sea.
The Duck orange miso dish is served with potato miso gnocchi and leeks in a duck jus reduction enhanced by the addition of oranges, paired perfectly with a glass of Santorini wine.
For those looking for an elevated experience, the restaurant offers degustation menu options consisting of 6 courses at €140 or €160 when coupled with their curated selection of wines.
Pro Tip:To get the full experience of La Maison, we highly recommend making a reservation. It is one of the top restaurants in Imerovigli, and you won’t regret dining here!
7. Watch the sunset
One of the reasons why the sunsets in Imerovigli are so special is because of the village’s location on the edge of a cliff. The stunning views of the Aegean Sea, the surrounding Caldera, and the white-washed buildings of the village make for a truly breathtaking sight.
As the sun begins to set, the orange and pink hues cast a warm glow over the landscape, creating an almost ethereal atmosphere.
What is the best time to visit Imerovigli?
Imerovigli (Santorini) is the perfect destination from May to September, as these months boast bright sunshine, warm temperatures, and low chances of rain. For a more peaceful trip, book your visit between May and September or even until mid-October.
Where to stay in Imerovigli?
Here are a few of the many places you can stay in Imerovigli:
Perched upon the dramatic cliffs of Santorini, Imerovigli has acquired its nickname, “The Princess” due to its breathtaking views, glistening turquoise waters, and picturesque architecture. Just a short 3.5km away from the capital city of Fira, this popular honeymoon destination is everything you could ever dream about – come experience it for yourself!
If you’re searching for the ultimate place to view a breathtaking Santorini sunset, look no further than Imerovigli. Nested between Fira and Oia, this gorgeous destination is located on the highest point of the caldera, providing one with numerous stunning places from which to admire its natural beauty. However, if it’s romance you seek or just an incredible experience that will forever be engrained in your memories, Skaros Rock in Imerovigli offers what can only be described as a truly once-in-a-lifetime visual spectacle!